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Vietnam’s tourism flourishes during Tet holiday

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam’s tourism industry has benefited greatly from the week-long Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, which ends today.

Data from the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism showed that around 10.5 million Vietnamese traveled during Tet, spanning from February 8 to 14 (the 29th day of the final lunar month to the fifth day of the lunar new year), up nearly 17% year-on-year.

The average room occupancy rate reached an estimated 45-50%, showing a slight uptick from last year’s figure of 40-45%.

In terms of tourist arrivals, HCMC led the pack with around 1.8 million visitors, up by nearly 6% year-on-year. Other provinces like Ninh Binh, Quang Ninh, Ha Giang, and Thanh Hoa recorded an increase of 50% to 64% in tourist arrivals.

Visitors to Hanoi, Khanh Hoa, Danang, and Kien Giang rose by 21-26% over the same period last year.

The upsurge in Tet travels translated into substantial tourism revenue for many cities and provinces. For instance, HCMC is estimated to have earned VND6,550 billion from tourism while Hanoi saw tourism revenue of VND2,350 billion.

Other provinces also recorded impressive revenue figures, including Kien Giang with nearly VND930 billion, Khanh Hoa with VND880 billion, Ninh Binh with VND850 billion, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau with VND410 billion.

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